Arsenal are still the only team in English league football without an away point in 2018, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Leicester City. The Gunners, who are set to enter their final game under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger this Sunday, will be praying that they can salvage something from their trip to Huddersfield so that they can avoid the stigma of heading into next season without an away point in 2018 to their name.
In terms of this game specifically, however, Arsenal never seemed to have a foothold in the game from the word go. The Foxes, however, looked comfortable on the ball and were able to put the visitors under pressure from the first minute until the very last. Kelechi Iheanacho smashed in the opener to give his confidence a boost, and less than two minutes later, promising youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos dragged Iheanacho to the ground which earned him an early bath – apologies for the stereotype.
Thankfully for Arsenal, in both this season and the next, they have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at their disposal. The forward was able to draw them level just after the break, but the Gunners weren’t quite able to capitalise on the momentum they’d created for themselves. It was almost as if the weight of the ‘no away point’ statistic was starting to weigh on them, and with just fifteen minutes remaining, Jamie Vardy slotted home a penalty after Mkhitaryan of all people fouled Demarai Gray.
As Arsenal went in search of a late equaliser in the dying moments, all hope was extinguished when Riyad Mahrez finished off a counter-attacking move by taking Leicester to within two points of 8th place Everton. Now, they’ll look ahead to a final day clash with Tottenham Hotspur who secured their Champions League qualification tonight, whereas Arsenal will be desperate to send Arsene Wenger off into the sunset with a victory against the Terriers.
One thing is for sure, whoever the new manager is, he needs to do something in order to shake the mentality currently surrounding the club. Certain players need to go and others need to be given more responsibility, but either way, it’s absolutely vital that some confidence is restored before August rolls around.
What was your biggest takeaway from the defeat?